Hernando County deputies say a woman tried selling $100 worth of food stamps for $50 on Facebook
6:35 PM, Sep 12, 2013
6:36 PM, Sep 12, 2013
HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla - Hernando County deputies say a woman tried selling $100 worth of food stamps for $50 on Facebook.
Ashley McGinley, 23, is charged with one count of welfare fraud.
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office received a complaintregarding a female selling food stamps on Facebook on August 7.The complaint containedphotographs of Facebook posts showing a subject named Ashley McGinley,advertising that she was selling $100 worth of food stamps for $50.
On August 20, detectives contacted McGinley at theHernando County Detention Center, where she was already in custody onunrelated charges.
McGinley reportedly confessed to her involvement in the case. She advised that she created the Facebook post in question and admitted to selling her EBTcard to a friend of hers named "Kenneth," deputies say.
Kenneth was later identified as Kenneth Dunham.
Detectives talked with Dunham, who confirmed that Ashley McGinley soldher EBT card to him. Dunham advised that he paid McGinley $100 to use approximately $200 worth of funds on her EBT card. He advised detectives that he used the card on two occasions, totaling $220.83, an arrest report states.
Detectives obtained transaction records from McGinley's EBT card, confirmingDunham's statements and the aforementioned charges.
"In the poor economic times that we in, there are many people in direneed of these benefits," saidSgt. Jeff Kraft of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office Economic Crimes Unit
"The Hernando County Sheriff's Office will not standby and allow criminals to take advantage of this system. These are tax payerdollars and anyone abusing them will eventually be identified and arrested! No exceptions!"